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Twitter Enables Archive Option 25

judgecorp writes "Twitter has delivered on a long-promised feature which allows some users to download their entire Tweet history. The service was promised months ago by CEO Dick Costolo and equivalent features are already available at Facebook. At this stage, only some users can download their archive, and it's not clear how it will be rolled out to all users."
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Twitter Enables Archive Option

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  • by rmdingler (1955220) on Monday December 17, 2012 @08:56AM (#42313409) Journal
    I was mortally afraid all that wisdom would be lost forever. Sheesh...
  • Because there are soooooooooooooooooo many important tweets worth of archiving...

  • How? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    "...not clear HOW it will be rolled out to all users."

    Presumably, someone at Twitter ticks the 'enable for all users' box. As to WHEN that will happen, perhaps that's the more pertinent question.

    • Re:How? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by vlm (69642) on Monday December 17, 2012 @09:52AM (#42313763)

      I've read numerous articles claiming that 99% or whatever twitter accounts have either one or zero tweets sent. Probably 99% of them are spammer accounts but 1% of them might be like my account, join up, WTF is this, bye bye, never log in again.

      My guess is to control DB load you roll it out by archive size gradually. So corporate PR team who has sent 150K tweets gets it today, then drop the limit by 1K pre day or whatever...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 17, 2012 @09:25AM (#42313569)
    It was easy because I don't use twitter.
  • by eddy (18759)

    Takes time to figure out how to do "SELECT date,text FROM twitters WHERE user_id=num;" #webscale #nosql

  • More importantly, can you delete all of your old tweets, as in having them be completely off of Twitters severs?

    • by fermion (181285)
      What I would like to see is a die date. An option where tweets can be permanantly and automatically deleted after so many days, months, hours, whatever.
  • equivalent features are already available at Facebook

    You mean you can click a button hidden several layers deep in an obscure settings menu, then wait a few hours for an incomplete archive containing only content from the last month to be emailed to you? That's amazing.

  • TFA leads to another article, which says two companies are willing to SELL you your own old tweets.

    That's not a "twitter service". It's just bullshit. Unless you are really keen to buy copies of stuff you wrote yourself.

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